Thank you for the reply. Just for the feedback, to inform you and the team.
I discovered Organizational Learning in 1996. But it took me some time to have a training related to Core Competencies for Organizational Learning and then later Leadership Foundation from Peter Senge in Boston in 2004 and 2005. Then I became a member of SOL (Society of Learning Org.) by 2005. When I was back home and I asked myself why not to establish a 'Learning Lab.' within the Company, Turkish Petroleum Corp. (A state-owned Company) with Peter's and Ginny Wiley's help and I did it. It helps a lot to introduce OL cultures and its five disciplines at work and still continues. Now, I am the head of Strategy Dept. so we had chance to enlarge the group for more. We learned a lot but still too much thing needed for this life journey. We believe that we emerge or trigered some changes at least in est. OL Culture through this LLAB.
So then, I discovered 'Systems Thinking in Action Conferences' and also 'The World Cafe' :-) too. It was wonderful discovery :-). I had chance to get 2003-2004-2005 STIA Conference booklets, The world cafe (by Ms. J.Brown and D.Isaacs) and also TWC Resource Guide booklet too. I liked them too much.
Then, me and my friends asked the same funny and very creative question; why not to establish TWC in Turkey by adding Turkish Coffee taste and style in it :-). Starting from Capital city Ankara and then continue for the other cities as well. It is the simplicity, also the spirit or the essence of the idea itself which is going to re-creative and generative itself, for sure, we will just help this creative idea to flourish from within. That is how we see and believe.
So, we did translate TWC Design 7 principles and Method in Turkish this summer. They are now all ready.
The name of the cafe is: "Learning Lab. Cafe" under a sponsorship of a foundation named as The Sun of Humanity (no English web site yet but the web is www.insanlikgunesi.org). We can then establish the group in TWC Community Group as well. We did not finish the logo yet but you can see the first version, we thought that it should include some Turkish Coffee styles too, we will work on it :-).
Beneath the logo you could see a Turkish saying "a cup of coffee being the start of a '40 year' friendship" and also the TWC wonderful saying too.
We did our first meeting in 23th of Nov. this saturday and it was very well and motivating. It is not all the team in the picture yet but you can see some of them ;-). The team has different backgrounds; engineers, doctors, philosophy student, IT and innovation but all believe that they can change the world by starting to change themselves :-)
Welcome to the Twin Cities and thank you for the nice welcome. I am originally from the SF Bay Area. I grew up in Pleasant Hill and completed my bachelor's at Saint Mary's. I do love the seasons in Minnesota, and it's a wonderful place to raise a family, but when the roads get icy, I long for the more temperate winters on the West Coast! I am so looking forward to this opportunity, so thank you.
The idea of a multi-generational partnership and collaboration forum sounds great! I am a recent graduate with my MA in Sustainable International Development and I'm looking for a mentor to help me develop more skills in research methods for evaluating impact of programs and projects, relating to community and economic development. Also, hearing more from professionals in the field helps me to focus on a proper career path. I have reviewed the orientation materials and am excited to learn more about other members. Thank you for allowing me in this space!
Thanks for your messages of welcome for me in this community - which I appreciate very much.
On the topic of translation - I need to look at what is available in French following your indications. I would really love to take this further - let me get back in touch once I've read the "French stuff".
I've already begun to think on how to make this possible, as this idea/project seems to me both of value to the community at large as well as to me, in fact.
I'm beginning the process of outlining a World Cafe forum in Istanbul, Turkey where I am currently doing field research about inter-faith dialogue and social movements in Islamic culture. I very much look forward to sharing my experiences here with you!!
I will also have questions arise soon as I gain a better idea for the date/theme of the conversation, so I look forward to diving into the specifics of hosting an event.